As the draw holidays near, we've been leaning into the season. In that spirit, for our latest project post with eHow we raided the pantry to create a handful of mulling spice bundles — there's nothing like the smell of citrus and spice to invite immediate warmth and seasonal aromas throughout the house.
Mulling spice blends are typically used in warmed versions of wine and cider; they're accessible at most markets this time of year, but are simple to make at home using a variety of pantry staples.
The spice combination is really up to your personal preference, though typically include a mix of allspice, cloves and citrus — I've found that the clove and citrus really drive the scent and flavor, and add-ins like star anise and cinnamon add a nice visual touch. A handful of each bundled in cheesecloth and finished with a string of baker's twine make for a quick project:
Head on over to eHow for our full recipe and step-by-step tutorial for making a batch of these mulling spice bundles of your own. Give them as gifts, or use them to add a little seasonal spice to cider, wine or other favorite warm beverages this holiday season.
When ready for use, drop the bundle into a pot of simmering water on the stovetop to add a touch of immediate seasonal aromas throughout your space. For use in warm holiday beverages, I whipped together a seasonal blend for wine over on Lot18, click here for the recipe.
Cheers to leaning into the season from our home to yours!